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Video: Brian Kelly says Notre Dame ‘doesnt’ know how to win’

Notre Dame’s chances of returning to a BCS bowl faded to practical nonexistence this past weekend with a 31-17 loss to rival USC. The Fighting Irish once again had a turnover problem that immediately contributed to Trojan points. Sitting down on Versus’ “College Football Talk”, Irish coach Brian Kelly talks about his team’s struggles.

In three losses this season, the Irish have turned the ball over 13 times, and have had problems holding on to the pigskin in wins. The lack of focus and execution from Notre Dame caused Kelly to go so far as to say his team “doesn’t know how to win.” Do you agree? Check out all of Kelly’s comments in the video below and see what the CFT guys have to say about the Irish’s goals going forward.

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10 Responses to “Video: Brian Kelly says Notre Dame ‘doesnt’ know how to win’”
  1. tigersgeaux says: Oct 25, 2011 8:31 AM

    Coach Kelly may well have spoken the truth. However, what is he the head coach doing about it? When is Notre Dame going to get a coach who will change the attitude and expectations of the players? The fans expect the Irish to win the NC each year (or at least be relevant)…I know because I hear them every spring and in August of every year. Every spring I hear from my relatives, how great their team is this year, this is the year of Irish resurgence. This is the year. Last year doesn’t matter, because this is the year!

    Every pre-season poll (AP, Coaches, NBC) all pick the Irish to do well, in the top 25 or even top 15 and then reality sets in after the first game or two. Then the pollsters have to drop Notre Dame or look more like the fools they already are. How can the Irish be relevant if Kelly’s team “doesn’t know how to win”????

    Either Kelly changes this quickly or change Kelly(end of season)…good Rev. hire Lou Holz back or his son Skip Holz, former Irish players and coach who knows how to win–against Notre Dame!

  2. 78lion says: Oct 25, 2011 8:54 AM

    When a team is down by two scores with 5 minutes left in the game and needs the ball back, use your timeouts Brian! You can’t teach a collection of kids how to win when you give up on them!

  3. jw731 says: Oct 25, 2011 9:11 AM

    So…..They are 4-3 and headed to the “Subway 5 dollar foot long” Bowl, and the coach who goes beserk on the sidelines, in the locker room at halftime, etc…. says….”They don’t know how to win”……..Leaders lead, sometimes by sheer will and sometimes by example. They don’t know how to win because they are the mirror image of the man chosen to lead them…Only at ND, did anyone consider this a BCS team anyway……Hopes aren’t dashed when they are unrealistic…

  4. ruggyup says: Oct 25, 2011 9:53 AM

    Football is a game run by a business where responsibility, leadership, discipline and teaching start from the top. To date, BK shows no signs of being a businessman let alone a team leader.

  5. parkerfly says: Oct 25, 2011 10:33 AM

    Well looks like according to the comments that all the ND fans have already turned against Kelly. ND either doesn’t know how to hire head coaches or doesn’t put them in position to win. The past two head coaches have been the two hottest guys available.
    Either way, I say give Kelly more time. He made Cincinnati relevant so surely he can get the Irish above where they are now.

  6. wgward says: Oct 25, 2011 1:10 PM

    So, ND does not know how to win? This is on the coach: he is the leader of the whole enterprise. He should not be bad-mouthing his team.

  7. cmack21 says: Oct 25, 2011 1:24 PM

    HA HA HA HA HA… Quit being pansy’s @ ND and get into a conference. You play 1 quality team a year and LOOSE. ND is a bunch of hype of team who was good decades ago.
    Oh and they did quit this past weekend.

  8. ndnation23 says: Oct 25, 2011 1:45 PM

    the coach isnt the one turning the ball over, thats the players. The coaches can only do so much, at some point the players need to step up and make sound decisions. Dayne should have just fell on the ball, instead he decided to try and pick it up. Wood thought the ball was dead when it was actually live..play until the whistle! Just boneheaded mistakes that do us in everytime, and again at some point thats on the players. Frankly, I havent had this much hope for ND since Lou left, and I do think Kelly is the right guy. Its going to take a little time, and I think next year is a key one for Kelly. Next year he should have his system completely in place, with the players HE recruited for his style. If he flops again next year, then we might be able to bring the discussion of whether or not he is the right guy to the table. Remember, it took Lou 3 years to win a title. Lets at least give Kelly that much time.

  9. dkhhuey says: Oct 25, 2011 4:03 PM

    @tigers – that is the main problem! Everybody always puts ND in the top 15 or so every single year, and every single year for the past 20 plus years, ND has quickly played themselves into irrelevance. If you could bet on something like that in Vegas, I’d have made a fortune by now.

  10. tigersgeaux says: Oct 25, 2011 10:31 PM

    My father and uncle have both suggested that, thinking it would be a quick way to riches….my boss even came up with a joke about it, but all are hurting and using these methods to try to cut the edge off their great disappointment. Alums and family members of alums really see the disappointment year after year.

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